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by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson -- Like just about any coach, David Blue doesn't want to get ahead of himself.
At the same time, though, the Hudson head boys lacrosse coach doesn't want to diminish the value of what his team is ultimately trying to accomplish.
"Winning a state title is everyone's dream," Blue said. "Yeah, you want to take it one game at a time, but the people who say that are the ones that probably aren't going to go very far."
If the Explorers keep playing like they've been playing in the last few weeks, they have a chance to go very far.
Hudson (12-4) ended its regular season on a five-game winning streak after posting a lopsided 16-5 victory over Kent Roosevelt May 16 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
Since a 13-12 overtime loss to Olentangy May 2 on the road, the Explorers have outscored their opponents 79-20.
"When we work together, we're capable of scoring 10 goals in a quarter like we did [May 16]," Blue said.
Early in the game, it seemed like the Rough Riders had the answer for Hudson's high-flying attack.
After Kent took a 2-1 lead in the first quarter, the Explorers' offense, like it has done for the last two-plus weeks, exploded to ruthlessly put the game out of reach.
Hudson outscored Kent (10-5) 9-1 the rest of the quarter to take a 10-3 lead.
The Explorers were quickly able to take complete control, thanks to Chris Motter's dominance on the face-offs. He won 15 of 18 face-offs and also had one goal and a team-high 12 ground balls. Motter shared the game ball with Jared Jesionek.
"Chris winning face-offs is a big key for us," Blue said. "That changes the tempo of the game."
Mick Mougey led Hudson with three goals and one assist and Bo Lori had three goals.
Brent Zubal and Sam Gregory each had two goals and Zach Nye finished with one goal and one assist.
Also finding the nets once apiece for the Explorers were Kyle Ator, Reid Robinson, Grant Elffers and Gabe Vehar.
Michael Charlton added two assists and Matt Rightnour had one assist.
Hudson had a 58-19 advantage in ground balls and a 43-13 edge in shots on goal.
Hudson honored Mougey, Lori, Jesionek, Nye, Zubal, Cam Haggerty, Erik Lindroth, Logan Malson, Ohlen Rudy and Seth Wagner during halftime on Senior Night.
The junior varsity team concluded its season with a 9-6 win over Kent. The JV squad won its last seven games and finished 12-2.
The Explorers got the second seed in the Northeast/Northwest Region Division I tournament and earned a bye in the opening round.
They are scheduled to host the Brecksville Broadview Heights-Green winner in a Division I regional quarterfinal game May 24 at Hudson Memorial Stadium. Game time is set for noon.
Solon got the top seed and Cleveland St. Ignatius and North Canton Hoover received the third and fourth seeds.